McKinney ISD

 

District Assessments

McKinney ISD utilizes a variety of assessments to gather data on student ability and achievement levels in order to make instructional decisions in the best interest of each student. The assessments currently in use with some students within MISD include:

Credit by Examination 2017-18

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MAP (Measures of Academic Progress)

MAP is a nationally normed, standardized achievement test published by NWEA. This assessment instrument uses a computer based, adaptive test to measure a student’s current academic achievement level relative to the national normative data. The assessments are given three times annually to students beginning in kindergarten and include the subject areas of Reading, Mathematics, and Science.

CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test)

CogAT is a nationally normed, standardized ability test published by Riverside Publishing. This assessment instrument involves a paper based instrument designed to assess a student’s reasoning and problem solving abilities relative to the national normative data. The instrument includes a Verbal Battery, a Quantitative Battery, and a Nonverbal Battery. The assessment is administered to select students throughout the year and is used to make placement decisions within the Gifted and Talented program.

ITBS and ITED (Iowa Test of Basic Skills and Iowa Tests of Educational Development)

ITBS and ITED are nationally normed, standardized achievement tests published by Riverside Publishing. Together the ITBS and ITED allow for the measurement of students from Kindergarten through grade 12 in the areas of Reading, Language, Mathematics and critical thinking. This assessment instrument involves a paper based instrument to measure a student’s current academic achievement level relative to the national normative data. The assessments are administered to select students throughout the year and are primarily used to make placement decisions within the Gifted and Talented program.

DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment)

The DRA is an assessment tool administered by the classroom teacher that provides information about a student’s reading ability, fluency, and language arts development. The DRA involves both tools to help teachers monitor progress in Reading and word skills. The DRA is administered to students in Kindergarten and Grade 1 in a one-on-one setting by the classroom teacher. The instrument is used up to three times annually.

District Created End of Semester Exams

The district End-of-Semester Exams are creating through a partnership between Curriculum staff in the content areas and our strongest academic area teachers. The exams are given at the end of each semester, Fall and Spring, to Grades 6 through 12 students in the academic course areas including English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The content of the exams is based on the curriculum for each course during the semester and follows the rigor and expectations included in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, or TEKS, required for each course. The format of the test is largely multiple choice to allow for faster scoring of the majority of the tests, with some portions of the tests including other types of testing formats that are hand-scored by classroom teachers.

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